Latest news from the FutureBeef program, December 2013.
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This is is our final FutureBeef update for 2013. Thanks for your continued support throughout this year. We hope that you have enjoyed receiving these updates and we look forward to providing you with more high quality information for profitable and sustainable beef businesses.

There have been some storm systems about, and parts of north and south Queensland have received some good rain! While this won't break the drought, we certainly hope that it has brightened spirits and that some more is on the way. For up-to-date drought, animal nutrition and pasture information, visit the FutureBeef website.

With Christmas fast approaching, it's timely to remember that some of our mates are doing it tough. Murray Hartin, an Australian poet, captures these thoughts in his moving poem Rain from nowhere. Reach out, there is always light (and more rain!) at the end of the tunnel.

As always, we value and welcome your feedback and suggestions, so please let us know what you think.

From all of us in the FutureBeef team, we wish you and your family a safe, merry (and hopefully) a very wet Christmas!

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New and improved poll gene marker test now available

Additional investment from MLA has enhanced the gene marker test for 'polledness' in cattle. The test was originally developed for use in Brahmans, but the newly updated test is highly accurate for a range of tropical and temperate cattle breeds. Learn more about the improvements.

Graeme’s half-century!

i Last month, FutureBeef said goodbye to Graeme Elphinstone when he officially retired his beef extension officer position after a 51-year commitment to the Queensland beef industry. Read more about Graeme's achievements.

Who's who in the zoo?

Every now and then, we like to profile one of the FutureBeef team, so you get to put a face to a name! This month, we meet Trudi Oxley, a senior beef extension officer from the Northern Territory. Trudi's applies her expertise in a whole of business context. Learn more about Trudi's work here.

Livestock biosecurity in Queensland

Meet Sarah-Jane Wilson, Queensland's Livestock Biosecurity Network (LBN) representative. The LBN will be working with key livestock industry influencers' to increase the livestock industry capacity to become more responsive and prepared for disease or pest incursions. Learn more about the LBN.

Beef bites

Each year, wild dogs cost the Queensland grazing industry $60 million in lost production. Last month, 219 people registered for the BeefConnect webinar to hear Brett Carlsson talk about wild dog control. If you missed the webinar, you can watch the recording here.

Upcoming events

Drought information days (QLD). Dunkeld 3 December, Mungallala 4 December, Roma 5 December, Surat 9 December, Begonia 12 December and Dirranbandi 13 December.

BeefConnect webinar. Grazing BMP: our industry - our standards. 5 December.

RCS Keep in Touch Day. Monto QLD. 6 December.

Give it back: Family BBQ. Richmond QLD. 10 December.

Breeding EDGE. Wandoan QLD. 4 - 6 February 2014.

BusinessEDGE. Mt Isa QLD. 3 - 4 March 2014.

Breeding EDGE. Biloela QLD. 4 - 6 March 2014.

BusinessEDGE. Charters Towers QLD. 6 - 7 March 2014.

Breeding EDGE. Emerald QLD. 18 - 20 March 2014

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